From Producers to Consumers
Built on a tradition of steel, coal mining and pottery, the city of Stoke on Trent would once produce the cups and plates used on dinner tables the world over. But now cheap imports and even local firms moving production aboard has reduced this traditional form of employment. For 200 years the Minton pottery factory on London Road in Stoke was at the centre of this tradition. But in 2002 it closed its doors for the last time, to be replaced a year later by a Sainsbury’s supermarket. However many of those local people who had depended on the traditional manufacturing industries were fortunate to find themselves working on the same site but in the new consumer and service sector. This work forms part of a wider exploration of the city, which looks at its history and traditions. A selection of this work is now available as a book direct from online publisher Blurb.